Medi-Cupping - Perhaps you've read about olympic swimmer Michael Phelps having red disc marks on his body. That is one form of Cupping, in which vacuum cups are used to place suction on the body. The medi-cupping performed at Sunflower Massage is similar, but serves a different purpose. Similar to manual massage, which uses pressure to stimulate nerves, medi-cupping stimulates both blood supply and lymph drainage via suction. We slide the vacuum cups along known lymph drainage pathways, loosening body tissue and fluids in the outerbody along those areas, and stimulating nerves which in turn aids blood nutrient supply and waste drainage.
Swedish - This classic massage technique, originating in Europe, came to the US in the mid-1800s. The Swedish massage technique, which most people associate with "massage", consists of moderate rubbing and kneading of muscles, and joint movement. The desired result of muscle nerve stimulation is to increase the nutrient filled blood supply to the muscles and the waste chemical lymph drainage from the muscles. While the massage may simply feel relaxing, the medical benefits of increased nutrient supply and waste removal promote healing and rejuvenation of the muscles.
Deep Tissue - Deep Tissue is based upon Swedish massage. Deep Tissue involves the application of more pressure than generally used with classic Swedish, and often focuses on a trouble area. The effects are to stimulate deeper areas of the muscles, and tendons as well.
Reflexology - Reflexology is technically not a form of massage. It is based upon the concept that certain points on the feet (as well as hands and ears) correspond to certain parts of the body. A reflexologist applies pressure to these points to address issues in the other parts of the body associated with that poit, such as lower back, headache, pancreas, etc.